They have treatment algorithms/protocols depending on where your disease is located, your symptoms, etc..... While, I totally respect a doctor who wants me to be on board with the treatment and gives me some choices, I like someone who is somewhat decisive, even if we disagree. lol.... The safe approach is to start out with a milder drug if you are not too sick, your doc should know this. Do some research on good sites. I saw the Johns Hopkins site that njmom gave us a link to and it was very informative. I think we all face this at some point in time. My doctor started me on colazal because it was one of the mildest drugs and I am allergic to sulfa. While I felt pretty miserable, I was not nearly critically ill with any of the complications like strictures and fistulas. For that, I am grateful. With that said, my meds quit working and so we are facing the same situation about
meds. They are re scoping me tomorrow to see what's up. Good luck to you!! Welcome to the forum, it is awesome!!!
diagnosed 1/09 with "diverticular colitis" ?? location: sigmoid colon
localized scleroderma & IBS, low thyroid,claritin, advair, singulair, lisinopril, progesterone, colazal, fish oil, synthroid,
zoloft, wellbutrin, VSL#3 probiotic, Vit. D
Blood test positive for Crohn's via prometheus ibd serology panel